Wells will have a depleted squad Friday night when it plays top-seeded Marshwood in the Western Class B football semifinals, as a result of the suspension of players for violating team and school policy.

Just how depleted is the question, as Coach Tim Roche and Athletic Director Jack Molloy wouldn’t say if the suspensions include any starters, nor would they say how many players have been suspended or the specific reason.

Molloy said the incident happened this week.

“The truth is that some football players aren’t playing because they got into trouble,” said Roche.

“It’s kids being kids. They’re 15 to 17 years old. They made a mistake. The school dealt with it by the handbook. I’m proud of the way the administration and the coaches handled it.

“Hopefully, the kids have learned a valuable lesson. The players with us will be ready to play and play well.”

A Wells police spokesman said he wasn’t aware of any charges against high school football players.

A week ago, No. 5 Wells edged No. 4 Greely 9-7 in the quarterfinals. Wells captured the Class B state title last year.

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